I had my last Blood Bowl game of the regular season this week. I had a choice to make ahead of time: Concede, and squeak into the playoffs with a strong team, no injuries, and lots of cash, OR play the game out and hope to get experience and not get my dudes injured.
I chose to play, because the dwarfs want to snap some necks!
It was the wrong choice.
I was up against a Nurgle team that wasn't even fielding a full roster of players and which was 400 Team Value under me. That should have made it an easy game, but things didn't work out that way. My opponent used that money to get a Bribe, a Wizard, and a Star Player that has a chainsaw. The chainsaw is really swingy and can easily kill itself or opposing players, but since my opponent was retiring the team after the game he didn't care - he just wanted to hurt me as bad as possible.
The basic problem I had was that the chainsaw smashed through my team. I knocked that player down multiple times but he just kept on getting back up, and after the second knockdown he jumped up and killed my best Troll Slayer.
No problem though, because my team has a doctor. The doctor tried to help the injured dwarf but ended up breaking his neck instead so he was a loss in any case. After 21 games with the team the doctor has tried 4 times to save a dwarf from death and in every single case has botched the job and the dwarf ended up getting terribly injured and then retired anyway.
In the first half I received the ball and slowly pushed it upfield. I lost a dwarf to the aforementioned death but then finally scored near the end of the half and made it to halftime up 1-0. However, in the second half my opponent kept on removing dwarves and used his wizard effectively to fireball 4 dwarves and he managed to score on the second last turn. I was fielding only 8 dwarves at this point and only had one runner so my chances to score in 2 turns were bleak, at best. As expected I could not manage the score and ended up in a 1-1 draw.
Now I did replace my Troll Slayer with a fresh one but the old player had three levels and the new one has none. Dwarves are pretty good right out of the box though so my new player isn't a huge liability but my team definitely took a significant hit.
I have to go up against Chaos Dwarves in the first stage of the playoffs and this will definitely be a grindy matchup. We are going to get into a dwarf punch showdown, and unfortunately I just lost a copy of both Guard and Mighty Blow with my dude dying so my winningness is much lower than it would have been if I had just conceded.
The really scary thing is the orc team from last season that knocked me out is still there and they have levelled up a bunch, especially compared to me. If I go up against them I doubt I will have much of a chance - they have too much strength for me to dominate the field and I can't move well enough to just zip around them.
I think my chances of advancing in this round are pretty good, but my chances of winning the playoffs seems remote.